Examination of the Skin

Examination of the Skin

by Stephen Holt, MD, MS

The physical examination of the skin is a fundamental part of the standard physical exam. It understandably relies on the previous comprehension of the anatomy and physiology of the skin, appendages, and mucous membranes. Mainly, this exam consists of a thorough inspection of the skin of the entire body.

The assessment focuses on identifying abnormal signs on the skin, without passing over commonly missed areas, such as the scalp, orifices, nails, and mucosal surfaces. This exam is crucial because it may lead to the detection of skin conditions through the evaluation of rashes, discoloration, and lesions, but it can also detect signs of underlying systemic diseases.

Course Details

  • Videos 4
  • Duration 0:18 h
  • Quiz questions 7
  • Concept Pages 3


Your Educators of course Examination of the Skin

 Stephen Holt, MD, MS

Stephen Holt, MD, MS

Dr. Stephen Holt is the Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Education in the Primary Care Program at the Yale School of Medicine in Connecticut, USA.
He obtained his PhD from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2004. Currently, he is Director of the Addiction Recovery Clinic and Codirector of Clinician Educator Distinctions Pathway at Yale School of Medicine.
Because of his achievements, he earned the Faculty Teacher of the Year award from the Yale Primary Care Residency Program in 2009 and 2017.
Within Lecturio, Dr. Holt teaches courses on Physical Examination, Dermatology, and Rheumatology.

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